Faculty at White Mountain Suzuki Institute at Ogontz are carefully chosen for their background and experience, their musicianship, their training and commitment to the Suzuki method, and their genuine interest in teaching and making connections with young people.
Annie Barley Givler
Dr. Andrea Kleesattel
Dr. Rafael Videira
Dr. Rafael Videira
Music and Movement
Dr. Andrea Kleesattel
Kim Barrett (Co-Director, Violin) began studying the violin at age 12 with Linda Fiore in Pennsylvania. After graduating from West Chester University with Bachelors Degrees in Music Performance and Music Education, she went to Matsumoto, Japan to study personally with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and other master teachers. During her 3½ years in Japan, she assisted in translating for Dr. Suzuki and his writings as well as performed as an example of his teaching and method at National and International conferences in Japan. After graduating from the Talent Education Institute with the highest degree offered, Teaching and Performance Certificate, she returned to the United States in 1991 with her violinist husband, Tim Barrett. Kim also holds a Masters Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Tennessee where she studied with Mr. Mark Zelmanovich. Other teachers include Mark Bjork, Ronda Cole, Dorothy DeLay, Anastasia Jempelis, Brian Lewis, Sanford Reuning, Louise Wear, and Tom Wermuth. For more than 25 years, Kim has been teaching music in both public schools and the private sector. Since moving to Johnson City, TN in 1991 as Director of the Violin Program for the Academy of Strings, Kim has taught numerous students ages 3 through adult. The Academy of Strings, a non-profit music academy, began with 12 students in 1991 and has grown to have a yearly enrollment of more than 90 students that come from 4 counties. Its faculty is dedicated to the personal development of students through quality music education and performance. The students of the Academy of Strings give back to the community by performing for a variety of community and civic organizations as well as for hospitals, nursing & retirement facilities, museums, churches, and schools. The most advanced students at the Academy perform as Ambassador Strings, a touring, recording, and concert ensemble, which has produced a compact disc titled: Noel Christmas Holiday Favorites and has performed at the Barter Theatre, Rhododendron Festival, with the Symphony of the Mountains and the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Ambassador Strings completed a tour to Disney World. Kim has taught as a guest clinician/string specialist for various workshops/clinics in CT, DE, GA, NC, NJ, PA, and SC. Together with her husband, she also directs a string orchestra program for students at a Title 1 public school in Johnson City. In addition to being former co-concertmaster of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and co-director of the Johnson City Youth Orchestra, Kim has performed with the Asheville, Kingsport, and Knoxville symphonies and is a member of the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and Sophisticated Strings. She received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts as well as the Forty Under Forty Award by the Business Journal of the Tri-Cities. Kim lives in Johnson City with her husband, Tim and their two children, Harrison and Kristen.
Sarah Smale (Co-Director, Violin/Viola) attended the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where she received a BA with honors and continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Her musical studies eventually took her to the Hartt School, where she studied with the Emerson String Quartet and obtained her MM in viola performance, also her Suzuki teacher training with Linda Fiore and Teri Einfeldt. Ms. Smale has won several awards, including the Birmingham Conservatoire string quartet scholarship and the Herbert Lumby Viola prize. She has worked with world-renowned artists such as Pierre Boulez, Yuri Bashmet, Nicholas Kramer, Steve Reich, Sir Simon Rattle and Valery Gergiev. Her experience includes numerous concerts and seminars with talented quartets and orchestras including: Takacs Quartet, European Chamber Opera, Russian National Ballet, and the Emerson Quartet, to which she was the assistant while in Hartford. Ms. Smale has also played with numerous choral societies as principal viola, recorded television work for the BBC, and recorded extensively for Radio Suisse. She also performs with L'Orchestre des Jardins Musicaux in Switzerland, where she is principal viola. Sarah is co-director of the White Mountain Suzuki Institute at Ogontz in New Hampshire and is frequently a guest teacher at various workshops and summer Suzuki institutes around the country.
Annie Barley Givler (Cello) began playing the cello at the age of two. After graduating from the Pittsburgh High School for Creative and Performing Arts, she went on to pursue further education at the Eastman School of Music and the University of South Florida - earning both bachelors and masters degrees in cello performance as well as completing an additional major in music theory at the graduate level. She is in high demand as a Suzuki cello clinician and has frequently been invited to teach at some of the most prestigious Suzuki programs in the world. She has taught at every level of the music education spectrum – from infant Music Together classes to cello performance majors at the university level. For the past ten years, Annie has worked as a music teacher and strings specialist for the KIPP national network of charter schools – first in the South Bronx, then in North Philadelphia, and currently in Camden, New Jersey. She also maintains a private cello studio and can be heard on Bridge and New Amsterdam recording labels. Annie lives in Bryn Mawr, PA, just outside of Philadelphia with her husband Harley and their (soon to be) three awesome kids.
Dr. Harley Givler (Orchestra) is currently the Director of Bands and Orchestra at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA, where he conducts all manner of musical ensembles, grades 4-12. Givler gained his first appreciation of conducting in the back of the orchestra as a french horn player at Interlochen Arts Academy, The Eastman and Yale Schools of Music, Stony Brook University and countless professional orchestras. His formal studies of conducting began in earnest while at Yale and have included study with Dr. John Stanley Ross, Toshiyuki Shimada, and Harold Farberman. In addition to teaching, conducting and playing horn, Harley is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician. He recently completed his certification to become one of the first teachers of Suzuki Trumpet in North America.
Dr. Andrea Kleesattel (Cello) began her formal cello training at the age of 6 with Ellen Shertzer. Subsequent teachers have included Norman Johns of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Lee Fiser at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, Benjamin Karp at the University of Kentucky, and Uri Vardi at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a former member of the Spectrum Symphony in New York City, the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan, the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Madison, Wisconsin, and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra in Lexington, Kentucky, and has served as cellist several string quartets. She completed Suzuki training with Pamela Devenport at the School for Strings and maintained a large studio of students in New York City and Connecticut. Her doctoral dissertation explored movement practices and their relationship to cello playing and teaching, and she continues this interest through involvement in Dalcroze training and pedagogy. She currently lives in London, Ontario where she is a roster musician for the Magisterra Soloists and coaches chamber music with the Young Artists Pre-College Academy.
Angela Leidig’s (Violin) involvement with the Suzuki method goes back 35+ years. She started playing violin when she was five years old in a Suzuki public school program in Pennsylvania. She began teaching in 1991 while finishing high school and continued teaching ever since. She completed her Suzuki Teacher training for Books 1-10 under Kimberly Meier-Sims, Linda Fiore, Ronda Cole, Ed Sprunger and Ed Kreitman. Currently Angela is on the Suzuki faculty at New England Conservatory teaching both private lessons and group classes and maintains a private studio in Somerville, MA. She was on the Suzuki faculty at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA from 2008-2013. In the summer, Angela teaches at the NEC Summer SuzukiFest and taught at Ogontz Summer Suzuki Institute in NH fro the first time last summer. Angela is also a certified Alexander Technique teacher; she is dedicated to teaching young children how to play with an attitude of creativity and enjoyment, developing a technical and musical foundation of ease, balance and freedom from the beginning stages. She works closely with parent and child to develop healthy habits with the instrument and practice at home from the very beginning. Angela received her B.A. in Music from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, her M.M. from Boston University, and did doctoral work in violin performance at the University of Colorado in Boulder under the Takacs Quartet. Angela has dedicated much of her performance career and study to chamber music and continues freelancing and giving chamber music concerts in the Boston area.
Laura Nerenberg (Violin) Montreal native, Laura Nerenberg, started playing the violin at 3 and the piano at 7. Laura has performed chamber music, orchestral music and jazz all over the Ottawa region, as well as in Newfoundland, California, Tanzania and beyond. Laura is a founding member of Gatineau, Quebec's premier chamber music group: “Ensemble Prisme.” She also helped found the Ottawa Baroque Consort, the jazz quartet Courage Four, the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra and most recently the Triptych Piano Trio. She held leadership roles in the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra as assistant concertmaster and principal second violin from 2000-2011. She was also principal second violin of the now-defunct, “Orchestre des concerts symphoniques de Gatineau.” Laura plays often with Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra. Always wishing to push herself musically, Laura recently returned to the piano by taking jazz piano lessons. Laura is the director of the Rideau Falls Violins. She teaches Suzuki Violin and Creative Ability Development (improvisation) to students aged 3-adult. She also trains fellow teachers to teach their students how to improvise. Her students perform frequently in formal concerts as well as at hospitals and retirement homes. In concert, they play standard classical repertoire, and their own creative improvisations. Much sought-after as a Suzuki, chamber music and improvisation clinician, she has taught in four Canadian provinces, and one territory as well as in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Boston, Tanzania and beyond. In April, 2016, six of her students participated in a play-in with esteemed Canadian violinist virtuoso, James Ehnes at Rideau Hall, the residence of Canada's Governor General.
Annalise Ohse (Violin) currently lives in Nashville, TN where she serves as the string instructor for Harding Academy. She also teaches with the Franklin Suzuki Academyin Franklin, TN and maintains her own private studio, Ohse Violin Studio, in East Nashville. Ms. Ohse holds degrees in violin performance from the University of Texas at Austin and the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, where she completed her Suzuki teacher training. She also completed Suzuki teacher training at the School for Strings in New York City. Her primary teachers include Brian Lewis and Katie Lansdale. Her Suzuki mentors include Christie Felsing, Teri Einfeldt, and Allen Lieb. She has taught with the Hartt Suzuki Program in Hartford, Connecticut, WHIN Music Project in NYC, and the Austin Suzuki Music School in Austin, TX.
Dr. Rafael Videira (Violin/Viola) holds degrees from the University of Oregon and University of New Mexico. He completed Suzuki training with Susan Kempter (long-term), Susan Baer, Betsy Stuen-Walker, Teri Einfeldt, Christie Felsing (long-term), William Preucil, Sr., and a workshop with the late John Kendall. His publications include articles, videos and method books with the American Suzuki Journal, SAA’s Parents as Partners Online, the Yost Family Trust, and the Alto & Treble Publications. A seasoned performer, he has played in many orchestras and has recorded under the direction of Kurt Masur and Helmuth Rilling. He currently teaches at the Suzuki Music Schools of Westport & Orange and conducts two of the ensembles of the Norwalk Youth Symphony, in Connecticut.
Alexis Zingale (Piano Accompaniment) began her piano studies at the age of four and presented her first solo recital program at age nine. Ms. Zingale has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada as soloist and collaborator in a variety of venues, winning numerous awards in both roles. Ms. Zingale has recorded for Peer Music Classical and the Charles Ives Society, and her performances have been broadcast on Connecticut Public Radio. Ms. Zingale is an adjunct professor of piano and chamber music at the University of Bridgeport, a staff accompanist at Western Connecticut State University, a piano faculty member and staff accompanist at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, a piano faculty member at the Suzuki Music School of Westport, and the accompanist for the New Haven Oratorio Choir.
James Selway (Theater) James Jillson Selway is a graduate of The Juilliard School and The Catholic University of America. Mr. Selway is President of Harnes Selway Arts, Falls Church, Virginia, where he maintains a Suzuki piano studio. He has also directed operetta and music theater productions for the Harnes Selway Arts summer program, Singers Onstage. He is organist and Youth and Children’s Choir director at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Selway is Associate Director and pianist of the World Children’s Choir. Mr. Selway has performed Ambassador Drosselmeyer in BalletNova’s production of The Nutcracker since 2005. He also performs with Candy Braden in the dance duo Braden and Jillso